Edition 14
Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Research Matters.
The second half of the year has started well for MICCN.
We are excited to soon be launching BrainPark; a cutting-edge neuroscience research facility that will develop lifestyle and technology-based interventions for addictions and OCD. An exclusive, pre-launch BrainPark experience is on offer at our forthcoming Community Open Evening, which takes place on Thursday 16 August 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to become familiar with our new, innovative facility, and I encourage everyone to register for this event.
Through our Sleep Program, we’ve launched a new partnership with AFL team, St Kilda Football Club, where we will be implementing sleep strategies for improved performance and recovery times. The collaboration also involves industry partner Philips Healthcare, and has made way for two opportunities with MICCN – a PhD placement and a Translational Fellowship in Industry for a postdoctoral researcher. Applications for these opportunities close at 5pm, Friday 27 July 2018. More details can be found within the below article.
In this edition, we also share some knowledge from one of our Distinguished Lectures, on how to tackle substance use disorders through brain training. MICCN is working with international collaborator Professor Reinout Wiers, from the University of Amsterdam, to investigate ways to improve cognitive training.
We have so much other interesting work going on, including the effect of culture on PTSD, and cognitive assessment for Huntington's disease.
We hope you enjoy reading about these and our other successes in this edition.

Best wishes,
Professor Kim Cornish
Director MICCN
New MICCN-St Kilda Football Club partnership set to reduce recovery times and enhance player performance

The performance of elite athletes can be compromised by numerous factors including core body temperature, jet lag, and even sleep disruption. Recovery can take weeks, and can have a real impact on overall team performance. 

MICCN recognises the need for change, and is taking action via a prestigious new partnership with St Kilda Football Club.
The collaboration, which also involves Philips Healthcare, will facilitate the development of innovative sleep interventions to improve player recovery from strenuous training programs, games and injury. Read more...
Facilitating the development of treatments for people with Huntington’s disease

As part of the work undertaken through MICCN’s Dementia, Aging and Neurodegeneration Network, a project led by MICCN researcher Dr Yifat Glikmann-Johnston, is underway to facilitate clinical trials for Huntington’s disease (HD), for which there is a known genetic cause. Read more..
Tackling Substance Use Disorders through brain training: does it actually work?

At a recent MICCN lecture, Professor Reinout Wiers revealed how such disorders can also be treated through two types of cognitive training: training abilities such as the working memory; and targeting initial motivational reactions to alcohol, also known as Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM). 
Healthy Sleep for Mums-to-be

A trial, funded by the Australasian Sleep Association and Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences which was undertaken by MICCN’s Dr Bei Bei (NHMRC Health Professional Research Fellow) and team, found that a brief automated cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program resulted in better sleep for mums-to-be. Read more...
Can cultural differences influence PTSD treatment?

In a recent study, MICCN PhD student Jessica Bernardi and team discovered that culture has an impact on the cognitive appraisals that are central to the development, maintenance, and treatment of PTSD. The team used their findings to determine the way in which an individual cognitively appraises an everyday experience to discover how culture may also impact on the cognitive appraisals central to PTSD. Read more...
Stress Down Day - 24th July 2018

Stress can have several consequences, particularly on our emotional state. It can make us unhappy. But for how long?

MICCN's Dr Joshua Wiley and his team explore stress levels in adults and the impact it has. Read more...
Be one of the first to see our new BrainPark facility

BrainPark will be the world’s first research facility to offer lifestyle and technology-based interventions for addictive and compulsive behaviours. Interested in an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek? Register today for our BrainPark Community Open Evening – read more.
Parkes, L., Fulcher, B., Yücel, M., Fornito, A. (2018) An evaluation of the efficacy, reliability, and sensitivity of motion correction strategies for resting-state functional MRI. NeuroImage, 171, p415-436.
Sands, S. A., Edwards, B. A., Terrill, P. I., Taranto-Montemurro, L., Azarbarzin, A., Marques, M., Hess, L. B., White, D. P., Wellman, A. (2018) Phenotyping pharyngeal pathophysiology using polysomnography in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 197(9), p1187-1197.
Werner-Seidler, A., Hitchcock, C., Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Gillard, J., Dahm, T., Chadwick, I., Panesar, I., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Rodrigues, E., Rees, C., Gormley, S., Schweizer, S., Watson, P., Raes, F., Jobson, L., Dalgleish, T. (2018) A cluster randomized controlled platform trial comparing group MEmory specificity training (MEST) to group psychoeducation and supportive counselling (PSC) in the treatment of recurrent depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy.,105, p1-9.
Shiferaw, B. A., Downey, L. A., Westlake, J., Stevens, B., Rajaratnam, S. M. W., Berlowitz, D. J., Swann, P., Howard, M. E. (2018) Stationary gaze entropy predicts lane departure events in sleep-deprived driversScientific Reports, 8(1), p1-10.
Kempnich, C. L., Andrews, S. C., Fisher, F., Wong, D., Georgiou-Karistianis, N., Stout, J. C. (2018) Emotion recognition correlates with social-neuropsychiatric dysfunction in huntington's disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24(5), p417-423.
Industry opportunities
We recognise that psychology can make an enormous contribution to the world we live in, in roles well beyond professional practice in psychology. That is why, through our Impact Placement Program, we introduce our students to industry even before they graduate. The Program creates opportunity for psychology students, for education and research, for the clinic, and for the community. Learn more.
David W. Turner Research Clinic
Community Open Evening

BrainPark is a cutting-edge architecturally designed neuroscience research facility that will develop lifestyle and technology-based interventions for addictions and obsessive compulsive disorder & strategies that we can all use to improve our brain and mental health.

Join us for an exclusive behind the scenes viewing, meet the scientists, and try the interventions yourself.

Date: Thursday 16th August 2018

Time: 5.00pm - 7:00pm

Venue: BrainPark, Monash University, 
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC, 3168

Registrations: Free (booking essential)
Save The Date: Inaugural OHBM Australian Chapter Symposium

Immerse yourself in a showcase of neuroimaging research performed by a multidisciplinary group of junior researchers (both post-graduate students and junior postdocs/ECRs), and take advantage of the fantastic networking opportunities. Senior researchers are also encouraged to attend to support and advise students and junior researchers.
Date: Friday 12 October 2018
Venue: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, Melbourne, Australia
Time: 10am-5pm, followed by evening drinks on Level 5
Registration: Registration open soon, stay tuned for further updates via the Chapter website.
PhD students and junior post-docs/ECRs are also encouraged to present at the symposium. Abstract submissions close 5pm,  Monday 13 August 2018.
For registration, abstract submission, or general symposium information, please contact Gabrielle Jean (

Professor Murat Yücel appeared on ABC, talking gaming addiction. Watch it here (Prof Yucel coverage starts at 05:36).
Friday the 13th: Why are we scared? Professor Peter Norton talked to Monash Lens on the FEAR Factor. (link is
How can your attention impact your life and can you change it? MICCN's Prof Julie Stout joined the conversation on SBS INSIGHT (first appearance 00:09:31mins).
Professor Murat Yücel recently spoke to a sell-out audience at the Shine Dome in Canberra, as part of the Australian Academy of Science's "The Science of Us" series. Alongside Professor Maree Teesson from the University of New South Wales, Murat discussed current addiction treatment models, and how BrainPark will bring a fresh approach. Murat’s appearance commences at 22:30 here.
MICCN's Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis, was featured in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy's June 2018 “Advances in Cognitive Therapy” media release which addressed the evidence underpinning clinician-client relationships in psychological treatments.
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1) What are the key areas of research that interest you?       
I am continually fascinated with the way neuroscience research can change the way in which we think about ourselves and treat other members of society. No other branch of science has the power to influence so many aspects of society, from judges making decisions about a defender’s guilt or culpability, to policies to deal with adolescent alcohol use, to the very way in which we construct our own agency or potentially stigmatise others. And that is before we even consider the impact that directly manipulating brain function can have on a person’s behaviour, personality and moral responsibility. The book shelves at an Australian airport attest to the persuasive power of brain science at the moment. 

2) What has been a highlight of your research career to date?
Being invited by the Australian Government to represent Australia at an OECD workshop in Shanghai with business, government, policy makers and clinicians to develop responsible innovations in neurotechnology in an ethical way that benefits all members of society. Its not just a big development for myself, but is a sign that neuroethics has finally come of age in Australia.

3) Who has been the greatest inspiration in your research career and why?
My PhD supervisor, Prof Wayne Hall from the University of Queensland. He had an incredible knack for nurturing misfits (which I definitely was), and helping them to become better versions of themselves and generous thinkers and collaborators.

4) What advice would you give a person starting out their research career?
Enjoy what you are doing first and foremost. You will excel at whatever it is that you love. The rest of it (a career) will take care of itself.

5) Share something about you that most people wouldn't know.
I used to be a chemical engineer and sound engineer. I just got a skateboard.
MICCN brings together over 200 world-class researchers with cutting-edge research infrastructure from a range of disciplines and faculties to work towards advancement in areas of critical importance to well-being. 

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